Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie

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Senator for Victoria

Positions
Leader of The Nationals in the Senate
Minister for Agriculture
Party
The Nationals
Chamber
Senate

Seating Plan

Seating map

Electorate Office

(Principal Office)

172 High Street
Wodonga, VIC, 3690

Postal address

172 High Street
Wodonga, VIC, 3690

Telephone:
(02) 6024 2560
Fax:
(02) 6024 2635
Toll Free:
1300 889 103

Parliament Office

PO Box 6100
Senate
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Telephone:
(02) 6277 7190
Fax:

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the Senate for Victoria 2010. Re-elected 2016.
Parliamentary positions
  • Temporary Chair of Committees from 10.5.12 to 11.11.13
Ministerial appointments
  • Minister for Rural Health from 20.12.2017 to 28.8.2018.
  • Minister for Sport from 20.12.2017 to 29.5.2019.
  • Minister for Regional Communications from 20.12.2017 to 28.8.2018.
  • Cabinet Minister from 20.12.2017.
  • Minister for Regional Services, Local Government and Decentralisation from 28.8.2018 to 29.5.2019.
  • Minister for Agriculture from 29.5.2019.
Committee service
  • Senate Standing: Selection of Bills from 12.11.2013 to 9.5.2016; Appropriations and Staffing from 13.11.2013 to 1.7.2014; Privileges from 13.11.2013 to 9.5.2016; Publications from 13.11.2013 to 1.7.2014; Senators' Interests from 1.9.2016 to 5.2.2018; Privileges from 1.9.2016 to 5.2.2018; Environment and Communications: Legislation from 25.11.2017 to 25.11.2017 (Substitute member from 25.11.2017 to 25.11.2017).
  • Senate Select: School Funding from 12.12.2013 to 3.3.2014; School Funding from 18.3.2014 to 9.7.2014; School Funding Investment from 4.2.2016 to 9.5.2016.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Community Affairs: Legislation from 1.7.2011 to 1.11.2012; Community Affairs: References from 1.7.2011 to 22.11.2012; Environment and Communications: Legislation from 1.7.2011 to 20.9.2012; Environment and Communications: References from 1.7.2011 to 20.9.2012; Education and Employment: References from 23.8.2011 to 9.5.2016; Education and Employment: Legislation from 23.8.2011 to 20.9.2012; Community Affairs: Legislation from 22.11.2012 to 11.11.2013; Education and Employment: Legislation from 13.11.2013 to 9.5.2016 (Chair from 12.12.2013 to 9.5.2016); Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 13.11.2013 to 9.5.2016; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 1.9.2016 to 5.2.2018; Education and Employment: Legislation from 1.9.2016 to 17.8.2017 (Chair from 1.9.2016 to 17.8.2016); Education and Employment: References from 1.9.2016 to 17.8.2017; Finance and Public Administration: References from 1.9.2016 to 5.2.2018; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation from 22.6.2017 to 5.2.2018; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: References from 22.6.2017 to 5.2.2018.
  • Joint Statutory: Public Accounts and Audit from 1.7.2014 to 9.5.2016; Public Accounts and Audit from 12.9.2016 to 6.2.2018; Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity from 12.9.2016; Intelligence and Security from 13.9.2016.
  • Joint Standing: Parliamentary Library from 1.7.2011 to 5.8.2013; Treaties from 12.9.2012 to 5.8.2013; National Disability Insurance Scheme from 2.12.2013 to 3.3.2014; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 1.7.2014 to 9.5.2016; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 12.9.2016 to 5.2.2018.
  • Joint Select: DisabilityCare Australia from 19.6.2013 to 5.8.2013; Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples from 2.12.2013 to 25.6.2015.
Parliamentary party positions
  • The Nationals Party Whip in the Senate from 12.11.2013 to 30.6.2014.
  • Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Nationals from 7.12.2017.
  • Leader of the Nationals in the Senate from 2.7.2019.
Party positions
  • Junior Vice-President of The Nationals State Branch (Vic.) from 2006 to 2009.
Personal
  • Born 27.12.1969, Alexandra, Australia
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • BT(Sec) (Deakin University)
  • BAppSc (Deakin University)
  • Secondary mathematics and physical education teacher 2005-09
  • Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Gippsland Campus, Monash University 2009-10